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LASD Homicide Detective’s Dishonesty, Kept Secret for Years, Could Upend Criminal Cases

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detective has testified in numerous cases without jurors, judges or defense attorneys knowing he had previously received a lengthy suspension for dishonesty after he punched a suspect several times and lied about it, records and interviews show. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Daniel Morris appears in a 2000 photo. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Department via L.A. Times) Daniel Morris’ discipline record of dishonesty is among the first wave of revelations this year under a new police transparency law and illustrates the type of important evidence about law enforcement misconduct that, until now, was long kept secret in California. Morris has testified in five murder trials since becoming a homicide detective, but defense attorneys in those cases said they were never informed about his previous misconduct. By law, prosecutors are required to tell criminal defendants about evidence that would damage the credibility of law enforcement witnesses. Failure to do so can result in convictions being overturned, even if prosecutors did not know about the information. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

CA Aims to Preserve Environmental Clout After Trump Admin’s Move on Emission Standards

The Trump administration’s move to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks would undermine the state’s ability to convince the world’s largest automakers that they should make more environmentally friendly vehicles. “We will not let political agendas in a single state be forced upon the other 49,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday at a Washington news conference after the administration revoked the power California exercised for decades under a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act. One California lawmaker is already working on a way to preserve at least some of the state’s environmental muscle: rebates for electric cars. California residents who buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle can get up to $7,000 from the state. A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting would mean people could only get that money if they buy a car from a company that has agreed to follow California’s emission standards. California has 35 million registered vehicles, giving it great influence with the auto industry. That was evident in July, when Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen had…

Washington Monument Reopens to Public After 3-Year Closure for Repairs

After a three-year closure, the Washington Monument is reopening to the public. The 555-foot stone obelisk was closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems. The monument will reopen to the public at noon Thursday, and first lady Melania Trump is expected to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We’re just excited to open it again,” said National Park Service Spokesman Mike Litterst, during a Wednesday tour of the site. “The views from up here are like nothing else.” The monument has been closed for most of the past eight years. An August 2011 earthquake left cracks in the stones near the top of the obelisk. It reopened in 2014, but Park Service officials were forced to close it again two years later after a series of elevator malfunctions. “It was two or three times a week,” Litterst said. “We couldn’t guarantee that you wouldn’t get stuck.” Construction on the monument began in 1848 and took nearly 40 years to complete. The private organization that was running the project ran out of funding and construction was halted in 1854 at…

Activists See Grim Vindication After Ed Buck’s Arrest for Allegedly Running West Hollywood Drug House

Jasmyne Cannick was speaking at a Democratic club meeting Tuesday night when her phone buzzed with a text: The police were raiding Ed Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. His neighbors had been alerting Cannick, a political consultant and activist for the black LGBTQ community, about comings and goings at the location after two gay black men in less than two years died of drug overdoses in the influential Democratic donor’s home. Buck’s arrest Tuesday, about a week after a third man overdosed in his apartment, was grim vindication for the black LGBTQ community, which has crusaded for more than two years to hold him accountable, even in the face of what some said was silence by many Democrats and LGBTQ activists in West Hollywood. Many have likened the effort to the Black Lives Matter movement, formed after a spate of high-profile police shootings of young black men. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Man Found Under The Influence In Someone Else’s Apartment After Making Prank Calls To 911

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Prank calls to 911 led deputies to a man they say was in under the influence of drugs and in someone else’s Santa Ana apartment. A 911 call Wednesday night reported “unknown males” inside the caller’s apartment before disconnecting on the dispatcher, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A second call claimed someone had been shot, prompting a large emergency response including the Orange County Fire Authority for any victims, to the apartment in unincorporated Santa Ana. Deputies arrived at the apartment within two minutes and cleared the building, then found the caller in someone else’s apartment, sheriff’s officials said. It was later determined that the caller had left his apartment, climbed onto the roof of the building and down into a neighbor’s backyard, before going inside without permission, according to authorities. Ultimately, deputies found that the caller’s claims to 911 were unfounded and he was found to be under the influence of drugs. (credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department) The unidentified man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and misusing the 911 system. Sheriff’s officials said the incident is a…

17 Charged With Distributing Meth, Heroin From San Diego Area to West Virginia

Federal prosecutors say 17 people have been charged with distributing methamphetamine and heroin in shipments from California to West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the charges in a statement Wednesday. The statement says packages containing meth were being shipped from the San Diego area to southern West Virginia through postal and other carriers. Stuart says more than 200 law enforcement officers were involved in the investigation in which large quantities of controlled substances, guns and cash were confiscated.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Unveils Ambitious Plan to Lower Drug Prices

Putting her stamp on the health care issue that worries consumers the most, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to lower drug prices for seniors on Medicare and younger people with private insurance. Pelosi, D-Calif., would empower Medicare to negotiate prices for the 250 costliest drugs, including insulin. Pharmaceutical companies that refuse to negotiate could face steep penalties. Additionally, drugmakers that hike prices beyond inflation would have to pay rebates to Medicare. The plan would limit copays for seniors covered by Medicare’s “Part D” prescription drug program to $2,000. And Medicare-negotiated prices would be available to other buyers, such as employer health plans. The plan is Pelosi’s marker in what’s shaping up as a high-stakes negotiation to determine if a drug pricing compromise can pass Congress this year or if Democrats and Republicans will take their differences into the 2020 elections. The sweeping legislation leans left politically and appears to be tailor-made for Pelosi’s Democratic majority in the House. But in a signal that Pelosi wants a deal, it also incorporates ideas from the Trump administration and from Republican and Democratic…

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash While Fleeing From Traffic Stop in Pacoima: CHP

A motorcyclist was killed after fleeing from California Highway Patrol officers who attempted to make a traffic violation stop in Pacoima Thursday morning, authorities said. The incident began about 1:35 a.m. when multiple calls were made reporting a group of about 10 motorcycles doing tricks, recording video and blocking traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway at Roscoe Boulevard, CHP Officer Sanchez said. Arriving officers located two motorcycles about 1:40 a.m. and attempted to make an enforcement stop, Sanchez said. One of the motorcyclists attempted to exit the freeway and crashed into a wall on the Terra Bella Street exit. Officers rendered aid to the motorcyclists, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcyclist was identified only as a man in his mid 20s. No other motorcyclists remained at the scene.

Iran Foreign Minister Warns of ‘All-Out War’ if Hit for Saudi Attack

Iran’s foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “all-out war,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf. The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the starkest warning offered yet by Iran in a long summer of mysterious attacks and incidents following the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, over a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord. Zarif’s comments also appeared to be in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who a day earlier while traveling to Saudi Arabia referred to the attack as an “act of war.” Asked by CNN what would be the consequence of a U.S. or Saudi strike, Zarif said: “All-out war.” “We won’t blink to defend our territory,” he said. Pompeo wrote a tweet early Thursday after his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jiddah over Saturday’s drone and cruise missile attack on a crucial oil processing facility and oil field. Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the U.S. alleges…

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